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Both champs ousted

St. Louis, Anaheim finish off World Series foes D'backs, Yanks.

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October 6, 2002


St. Louis, Anaheim finish off World Series foes D'backs, Yanks.

There will be no rematch of last year's thrilling World Series: The Diamondbacks and Yankees were sent home long before the Fall Classic.

That means plenty of fresh faces the rest of October. Fans already have been introduced to David Eckstein, Francisco Rodriguez and Miguel Cairo.

The Yankees, eager to return to the Series after last season's seven-game loss, instead were the first team knocked out of the postseason, beaten by the surprising Angels 9-5 Saturday.

The Angels roughed up Andy Pettitte, Mike Mussina and David Wells in succession to win the AL division series 3-1 and end New York's four-year run as league champion. The World Series will be without the Yankees for the first time since 1997.

Randy Johnson, Curt Schilling and the Diamondbacks were swept by St. Louis. Behind a big game from former Rays infielder Cairo, the Cardinals won 6-3 to eliminate the team that beat them last postseason.

Arizona lost star slugger Luis Gonzalez to a separated shoulder the last week of the regular season and never seemed to recover. The Diamondbacks managed six runs and 18 hits against St. Louis.

Also in the NL, the Braves downed the Giants 10-2 to take a 2-1 series lead.

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